By Marc Weingarten
November 14, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

Sings the Blues (Music - Books On Tape)

B+

Todd Matthew Drootin makes happy fun-time techno, the kind of playful, whimsical music that would work best soundtracking Japanese anime or chase sequences involving Tonka trucks. He’s a compulsive tinkerer; with their squishy sound effects, caffeinated tracks like ”See You in Tokyo” and ”She’s Dead to Me” have the feel of push-button improv, as if Drootin is checking the full capabilities of his circuitry while he’s recording. Unlike so much electro-funk, Blues offers a lot of interesting terrain to explore.

Sings the Blues (Music - Books On Tape)

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